Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

Sometimes when using BIM for presentation purposes, especially during the design development stages, the digital outputs can look a little too polished. In the past an architect might of used hand drawn sketches & diagrams to convey the design. New for Revit 2015 is the Sketchy Lines feature which emulates a hand drawn visual style. This feature is available to be applied to any graphic display style including 3d views, perspective views, elevations, sections & plan views.

You can adjust settings for Jitter and Extension to create unique interpretations of any visual style as shown. The Jitter slider allows to vary the weighting & clarity of the line as if you had drawn it with a pen or pencil, where as the Extension slider allows you to how far lines overlap at intersections. Check out Tim Waldocks detailed overview for more examples of how this feature can be used. Copied from David Light post

A 3d view with the Jitter set to 7 & no Extension:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

A 3d view with no Jitter & the Extension set to 10:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

The combination of the Jitter set to 7 & Extension set to 10:-

Revit 2016 – sketchy lines

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To offer the best integration of Architecture and Engineering solutions thereby consistently being in focus of what the clients need. Our zeal to excel in the technology inputs and providing consistently credible output shall be the strong points of our services at all times.

Our Vision:

To be a forerunner in our field with the drive to provide valuable services to the clients. To be part of the solutions through sustainable engineering and architectural designs that keep in mind the future. To be quality driven in our approach to cater to our clients with emphasis on balancing their needs and the environment.

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AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

Steps from the water in Santa Monica sits an old, 10,000 square foot warehouse. Designers at Classical Progression, Inc. recently gutted it to create a new HQ for the World Surf League, the global professional surf competition organizer and broadcaster, formerly located in Melbourne, Australia. There are nearly 50 full time employees in the office, but the space also plays hosts to visiting professional surfers, many of whom show up straight from the water, and the designers worked with the company to create a space where both visitors and employees would feel comfortable working or just hanging out.

AN OFFICE WHERE SURFERS WORK WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE WAVES

Which furniture brands/dealers were used?

Classical Progression, Inc. searches far and wide for architectural antiques and materials to repurpose into its’ modern designed spaces. They believe these antiques give a space soul and a timeless beauty. Aged mahogany wine-barrel staves Kevin [Cozen, the firm’s founder] found form the divider wall while over-sized vintage doors from one of Bob Hope’s estates have been repurposed as the game room entrance. An authentic 1920s bar anchors the cafe area. Leather lounge chairs, light fixtures, and the conference room table are vintage. Other furniture was found in local Los Angeles stores including Blueprint Furniture, HD Buttercup, and Restoration Hardware. Office-specific furniture includes TeamWorx desking from DeskMakers and chairs from Office StarCopied from work design magazine.

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Our Mission : To offer the best integration of Architecture and Engineering solutions thereby consistently being in focus of what the clients need. Our zeal to excel in the technology inputs and providing consistently credible output shall be the strong points of our services at all times.

Our Vision : To be a forerunner in our field with the drive to provide valuable services to the clients. To be part of the solutions through sustainable engineering and architectural designs that keep in mind the future. To be quality driven in our approach to cater to our clients with emphasis on balancing their needs and the environment.

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

MOROSO’S WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘SETTING THE ELEGANCE’ COLLECTION

Moroso held the world premiere presentation of ‘Setting the Elegance’ collection in their Milan showroom in the presence of textile partners Kvadrat and Rubelli, who supplied the upholstery for all the pieces. The collection’s name, Setting the Elegance, refers to what goes on back-stage at a fashion show as the styles are prepared for the runway in order to impress and arouse emotions among the audience. “We enjoy experimenting, as we did on this occasion, in what could be described as exercises in style,” says Patrizia Moroso. “In proposing unusual upholstery for designer products, we seek to distance ourselves from the ordinary. We adopted the bold solution of using haute-couture fabrics for furnishings with very distinctive, connoted shapes. These articles should be construed on a different level; not just their shape but their surface, too”. It was a collective project in the sense that two of Moroso’s main suppliers, Rubelli and Kvadrat, were actively involved. “It was a very enjoyable creative experience which also gave us some nice surprises”. The collection is accompanied by a very special catalogue. With a fabric cover and sophisticated photographs, it presents this collection of iconic Moroso furnishings (sofas and armchairs designed by leading names in contemporary design) in a new light. The designs have been reinvented to give new meanings, an inspiration of beauty and elegance interpreted through the Moroso style. Setting the Elegance sets the seal on a project that started in 2013 with an exhibition held at the Museums of Textiles and Decorative Arts, Lyon, and later moved to the Diocesan Museum and Tiepolo Galleries, Udine. Both exhibitions and the installation in Milan were devised by Patrizia Moroso and curated by Marco Viola (exhibition display) and Giulio Ridolfo (textile consultant). Copied from yellowtrace.

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Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Understanding when BIM Isn’t BIM

Top 3 reasons why data-rich designs are not BIM alone

Here at Business Collaborator we have long maintained that the most beneficial element of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the ‘information’. Without it, BIM is just BM, ‘Basically Meaningless’, as our Chief Technology Officer Stephen Crompton once remarked.

And it’s a point we continue to reference, because several in the BIM software industry have excelled in convincing us that we already have the tools to implement (the mandated) Level 2 BIM. The reality is typically very different. There are undoubtedly some excellent products for producing 3D, data-rich designs, but here are our top three reasons why this kind of capability alone is not BIM:

 1. BIM is a process

BIM is a collaborative process of building a digital representation of a physical asset which can be used to make lifecycle decisions about that asset.

 2. BIM requires collaboration

BIM requires contribution, often from hundreds, maybe thousands in the lifecycle supply chain (suppliers, manufacturers, installers and so on). Having one designer input others’ information into a single file, or having others add information individually into a single, large file, does not support such a process.

At the recent Digital Construction Show in London, Stephen Crompton suggested in a panel discussion entitled ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of True Industry Wide Collaboration’ that “If you’re pushing away standards and a common language then by definition you’re not collaborating”. BIM is about ‘Open Shareable Asset Information’.

 3. BIM is about information management

At its heart, Level 2 BIM is about better information management, through adherence to standards and quality procedures. This is not what proprietary software that typically locks you in to its own format and focusses on 3D models and design alone delivers. Open, linked data allows BIM to flourish, capturing a complete digital representation of an asset for successful operation throughout its lifecycle.

Business Collaborator’s BIM platform enables information management, BIM process management and the rendering of that shared, open linked data into 3D models using your browser. It does not lock you in – it frees you to meet the Level 2 BIM 2016 mandate and beyond, and allows true lifecycle management of asset information. Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

OUTSOURCING: DO WE NEED TO CHANGE THE MINDSET?

“Outsourcing” has been a typical “In-house” strategy, implemented by many companies, in many sectors, worldwide, for last zillion years. No doubt it has its own advantages and the approach is successful so far and it would continue to do so in coming future as well. Success stories may start from small scale milk products to large scale data management in IT industry.

However the mindsets are different in different industries and going forward, the same would dictate the success of this model or NOT.

One common myth or should I say the basic driver of this process is humongous cost cutting. No doubt it should be the fundamental driver but it should not be the only driver. They say 80% of outsourcing business funnels to India, being one of the biggest service providers due to its obvious advantages. Large population, hence large resource pool of trained and talented people, quicker turnaround time due to time difference and 24/7 availability approach, cost cutting, desired quality output and importantly a good English Communication System could be the differentiators when it comes to competition thru China, Philippines, Malaysia, Russian Republic, Mexico or other eastern European countries.

Typical Mindset or the approach for Outsourcing business used to be IT services or Production based deliveries, or a solution based output. Considering Civil-Infrastructure development all across the globe, Engineering Outsourcing for Civil Engineering Services has emerged as one of the key business players in recent years.

More and more we encounter Globalization and shorter project completion time in the industry, we would eventually see more and more outsourcing taking place in Civil Engineering or Infrastructure field. The problem is how the client looks at the business model. Solution lies in the mindset and the approach and not in the process. Copied from Bhavin Shah’s Blog.

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BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

BIM benefits in early stage design

Contact our partner and learn how the architects and structural engineer can benefit from working together at the early stage design. Our partners Hardik Gohil and Brijesh Panchal will discuss and show practical examples of how a design team collaboration can deliver a superior design solution within tight project constraints.

You will learn how to:

  • PhoenixEOS Structures can help to establish a more proactive relationship
  • establish constructability at a early stage in the design
  • sketch up different solutions of the structure and estimate total cost
  • benefit in terms of saving time to build up the structure of any building and money and reducing risk by using this process

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What We Area?

PhoenixEOS is the combined solutions provider working on parallel lines of engineering and architecture. Based in India, PhoenixEOS majorly works with offshore clients due to the benefits of their mandatory needs in building and architecture solutions. Phoenix is a one stop solution for CADD Services with specialized services involving all kinds of BIM (Building Information Modeling) services in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. BIM is mandatory in most of the countries of the world like the U.S, Europe, Australia, among others. In India, it is in nascent stage. This means we are a pioneering company working as a bridge between your project blueprints to actual building. Phoenix team has worked internationally with big projects and is bringing this niche concept to India. We provide different types of services that involve both digital and print output for your ease. We have the cutting edge technology required for modern day needs with all required infrastructure in a spacious place. Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

Four Questions with Four CAD Experts

DLT Solutions and [acronym] Magazine cosponsored the Public Sector CAD Awardslast week. This two-part, four-question series will recap a conversation with the four judges called “Digital Design Tech, Trends, and Talking Points for 2013 – A Q&A with Public Sector Industry Pros.” Acronym Online editor Caron Beesley moderated the presentation. The judges were:

  • Brian Skripac – Director of Digital Practice, Astorino
  • Joe Eichenseer – Building Solutions Division Manager, IMAGINIT Technologies
  • Scott Eden – Vice President,CADD Microsystems
  • Shaan Hurley – Technologist for the Office of the CTO, Autodesk

Please note that the below responses are summarized, not taken word-for-word.

Part one’s questions and answers were on strengthening our nation’s infrastructure and cloud-based digital designs.

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Question Three: How can the public sector leverage 3D printing and what lessons can they learn from the commercial’s use of 3D printing? (Editor’s Note: Even Obama recently joined the 3D printing bandwagon.)

Brian: 3D printing extends the power of visualization by allowing you to convey your ideas as tangible objects. You can also print out variations on an idea quickly for faster conceptualization. The next step will be augmented reality when you will be able to take your object and place it in a virtual reality setting for added visualization.

Joe: The key to 3D printing utilization will be building it into future proposals. The private sector must encourage the public sector into uncharted territories by developing new uses for 3D printing. 3D printing’s application in the public sector has not been settled, which means there’s an opportunity for the private sector to work with them to charter new land. However, the government can use 3D printing in lowering the costs of their manufacturing.

Scott: 3D printing is actually old technology. They have been working with Federal clients for ten years who use 3D printing. Museum clients are using it for their exhibitions. The big difference now is that the price to 3D printing has dropped. That means it is far more accessible to agencies who haven’t used it before. The lowered cost also means the technology is evolving rapidly.

Shaan: 3D printing is great for city planning. You can print city features (buildings, monuments, etc) and find out how they’ll fit together. Currently, agencies are using the 3D aspects by scanning important buildings and creating 3D models from it. By scanning them in, they can test their assets for energy efficiencies, degradation, etc. Shaan has also worked with agencies to scan natural monuments to ensure we have records of them even if they disappear. The materials you can print with is also evolving. Now you can print with pretty much anything: plastics, metals, glass, and acrylics for instance.

Question Four: The government is constantly seeking new ways to do more with less. How can digital design help them do this in 2013?

Brian: Digital design technology is now cheap enough and accessible enough for government agencies to own their own software and manipulate BIM models in-house. Brian recommends that agencies start with the end result then work backward to design proposals. This allows for better planning and cost savings. Agencies must also consider how they plan on using the data from their BIM models. They must work to structure their data during the development process.

Joe: With new technology, a single, in-house person can now do the exact same work as an entire outsourced team did five years ago. However, the most efficiency comes when people know how to use the tool to reduce timelines and budgets. Joe also recommends people slow down. Do not allow technology’s ability to quickly conceptualize multiple projects decrease the quality. Quality of work; not just volume.

Scott: Technology is now allowing smaller projects to remain in-house in the private sector. New software versions are also allowing for more detailed models. However, with all the data involved, Scott would like to see improved document management. He also sees automated construction as a trend to keep an eye on.

Shaan: The evolution of the technology has gone from paper to CAD to BIM. Along the way, the primary adoption drive is a decrease in savings. However, newer technologies are allowing for better analysis. You can now perform a solar study before building or simulate mechanical systems. This allows you to find errors before you build and optimize your ideas. Previously, someone would start an idea and throughout the design process, everyone worked from that idea, regardless of its merit. Now, you can produce multiple ideas and pick the best one. Copied from Technically speaking.

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Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain receives award of major Asset Support Contracts from Highways England

Costain has been awarded two new key Asset Support Contracts (ASC’s) by Highways England for maintenance and development on the country’s Trunk Road Network.

The ASC’s are worth £750M and have been awarded in joint partnership with Costain sharing a third of the value.

They will run from June 2016, covering Area 4 (Sussex and Kent) and Area 12 (Yorkshire and Humberside) for five years, with the potential for a three year extension.

In both areas, the joint venture will deliver asset management and maintenance services on key elements of Highways England strategic network.

Costain has also secured a joint equal partnership, preferred bidder status from East Sussex County Council, for a seven year, £300M contract to provide a comprehensive design, maintenance and improvement service. The work covers 2,000 miles of highways in the country.

Andrew Wyllie CBE, Chief Executive of Costain, commented: “We are delighted to have secured these significant new contracts from Highways England and to have been awarded preferred bidder status from East Sussex County Council.

“These awards demonstrate our established reputation for the provision of complex asset support services based on our proven ability to provide collaborative, integrated teams for the highway market and also reflect our focus on building long term partnerships with blue chip customers.”

The contract is subject to formal award in January 2016, which will be followed by a four month mobilisation phase. The work will commence on the 1st of May 2016. Copied from UK construction online.

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Revit MEP and MagiCAD for Revit

Revit MEP and MagiCAD for Revit

Revit MEP and MagiCAD for Revit

It’s been a busy month, reflected by my lack of updates on the blog! Fear not, I will still be posting updates when possible providing I get a spare minute.

Over the last month or so I have been neck deep in some fantastic projects, most notably a large scale Revit MEP project which I have had the pleasure* of converting from 2D CAD files. It has been a great learning curve but also brought to my attention some of the frustrations that Revit MEP users face.

Revit MEP and MagiCAD for Revit

One of the frustrations you face when working in MEP is the lack of generic families available from the Revit libraries. Although as we all know it is possible to create and modify existing families, compared to the other modules in Revit (Arch, Structure) there is a lack of detailed and useful families.

Other features which I feel are lacking, for example re-routing of clashing pipes / ducts etc. Although I’m not suggesting an automatic solution, there should be a simple way to edit and re-route where clashes appear, rather than having to go in and set up sections and manually set offsets for the said systems. I have been using Coins Auto-Section Box (click link for previous blog post) add-in  to no end over the past month as it is a great time saver for quickly creating the areas of the building you need to see in 3D.

Saying this, once you get to learn the ways of Revit MEP you begin to enjoy and see the benefits of the effort you are putting in to learn this new application. One thing I’ve learnt is; Being an expert with Revit Architecture, won’t get you very far using MEP – It’s a learning process, but a fruitful one if given time and patience.

At BIM Show Live 2013 I met with some of the guys who were working for a company called MagiCAD – These guys are working hard on producing and filling the gaps in how you design systems in AutoCAD and Revit MEP. Last week I was contacted and offered a chance to trial there add-in for a 30 day period, I jumped at the chance and am looking forward to getting started and implementing it on my current project to understand how it will improve efficiency.

Over the coming weeks, time permitting; I will be posting a series of blogs regarding working with MagiCAD for Revit MEP. I will try and neutrally portray the benefits and possible areas which I feel are lacking and would like to see further development. If you would like to learn more about MagiCAD you can visit their website here or by clicking on the image above.

After hearing some positive feedback from others in the BIM community, I am looking forward to getting started with MagiCAD for Revit MEP. Almost feels like getting given a present of a new bit of software rather than just an add-in for Revit. I have high expectations so I hope that I’m going to be blown away! Copied from bimopedia post.

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ENCOURAGING BIM

ENCOURAGING BIM

ENCOURAGING BIM

ENCOURAGING BIM

SELECTION

The first step in encouraging BIM is to engage BIM capable professionals, to include BIM capabilities in bid requirements.

By that I don’t mean a description of what BIM processes a bidder must undertake, but a request the bidders provide a description of the BIM processes they already do. In this early period of BIM take up you may extend this to include BIM processes bidders intend or are prepared to implement.

The aim is to get them to make an offer, for the use of BIM to be their responsibility.

But keep in mind BIM is but one aspect of why you select a particular bidder. Professionals are primarily engaged for their capabilities in their area of expertise, and service performance. BIM is only a tool, it won’t compensate for lack of expertise or poor service.

AGREEMENTS & CONTRACTS

The second step is to ensure agreements and contractual arrangements allow BIM processes to work freely. As mentioned above all BIM processes (except facilities management) are between the design and construction teams.  This is a challenge for those drawing up and approving agreements. Traditionally contracts have been designed to be between the person paying and the one doing the work. BIM capable agreements require additional clauses that set out how those being paid will interact with third parties – other project participants.

Obviously there are a whole raft of issues to consider, and the type of BIM processes undertaken will influence what specific requirements will be. Which is another complication. The owner is not a participant in these BIM processes (with the exception of facilities management), nor are the exact BIM processes known at the beginning of a project before everyone is signed up.

The BIM evangelist’s answer is to ignore reality and assume the owner HAS to be a BIM participant, and that everyone HAS to be signed up at the very beginning of a project (as evidenced by the push for Integrated Project Delivery type contracts).

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Contracts need do no more than ensure the free flow of information in BIM type format. That is, BIM information created by project participants must be freely available to all other project participants. Sounds simple but there is a paranoia about theft of intellectual property throughout the industry. The default position is to withhold information. Contracts need to specifically override this position.

Tied in with this is that all information in deliverables must match. That information on drawings and schedules match information in BIM models. And that recipients of BIM models can rely on the information in those models. It must also be specified this only applies to information a participant would ordinarily provide. If an architect includes some ducts in their model for context, that doesn’t make them responsible for the completeness and accuracy of those ducts.

Contracts could be further extended to be BIM friendly. For example allowing for project participants to do modelling for others participants, whilst responsibility is retained by the requesting party. So the architects might model ductwork for the mechanical engineers (or sub-contractor) but the engineers or sub-contractor must check and approve that modelling work.

BIM capable agreements and contracts are in their infancy and no one can predict what their eventual form will be. But I believe if we approach them with a view to encouraging, or allowing BIM, rather than enforcing BIM, we will end up with much more useful agreements and therefore BIM workflows.

EVIDENCE OF BIM

Rather than demanding direct BIM deliverables they will never use owners should look at requesting evidence of BIM. Requesting evidence also means that even if specific BIM is not defined by owners they can still influence the use of it on their project.

There is nothing wrong with requesting evidence of BIM processes as deliverables. The owner may not participate in the creation of a BIM Management Plan, but they can include it as a deliverable. They may not attend clash coordination meetings but minutes of outcomes can be requested.

However evidence of BIM should never be provided for ‘approval’. Not only does this pass some responsibility back on to the approver (the owner) but has the potential to hold up the project.

The purpose is purely to ensure what has been promised (see SELECTION section above) is being done. An owner may reject a BIM Management Plan as being incomplete or inadequate, but should never ‘approve’ it.

REMUNERATION

BIM is often touted as ‘costing more’. But research has shown overall a project using BIM processes is more cost efficient. It may be directly cheaper and/or quicker to build, or a more complex result is achievable for the same time and money.

The problem is that not all participants share these cost savings equally. Which is easy to see when you look at how BIM works. BIM models are created early in a project and passed on to participants through the term of the project. The architect models the building, the mechanical engineer uses that model to do energy calculations, the mechanical engineer’s model is passed on to the mechanical sub-contractor who uses it as a basis for shop drawing and CAM, this model is passed to the facilities manager to populate their energy management system. The further up the chain the more complete the model is and greater the savings in time and effort. And of course the owner is at the top of this chain.

Another issue is some participants are required to do more than they have previously done. Engineers traditionally produce diagrammatic drawings and performance requirements for equipment. With BIM they have to model their work accurately and select specific components (otherwise you can’t model them). Of course paying them extra to do this work is not the only solution. But someone has to do it, and no one is going to do it for free.

BIM also requires more work up front. The mechanical engineer can’t do an energy analysis on a half modelled building. If the point of BIM is to create a complete virtual building to test its buildability then it has to be completely designed and modelled before construction starts.

BIM may ‘cost more’ for some, but overall it does not. So it is not necessarily about spending more (although that will certainly bolster use of BIM!). To encourage BIM there needs to be a re-think of where and when money is spent. More money is required at the pre-construction BIM model creation stage.

This may be in the form of extra for design professionals, the appointment of additional professionals, or bringing forward engagements (e.g. services sub-contractors).

And within those engagements payment schedules need to be revised. Fees are normally broken up into stages. With BIM more work is done – more hours expended – in early stages than traditional work methods.

I don’t believe a similar concession is required at construction as BIM processes bring enormous cost benefits to contractors. In fact I believe owners need to be careful they are not paying for BIM efficiencies that the contractor will pocket. Any BIM from the design team should be treated as an asset that benefits the contractor.

DIRECT ENCOURAGEMENT

And of course owners can directly encourage use of BIM. Not by demanding it, but by having a strong expectation that the team will use BIM processes. Owners don’t need to have intimate knowledge of those processes, but they can expect their design and construction professionals do.

CONCLUSION

So what is the answer, should owners ask for BIM?

As is the case with most questions, that depends. But here are some recommendations.

Ignore BIM

Not recommended. If you don’t understand BIM or don’t want it don’t stand in the way of those that do. The fact others use it will not cost you more, nor will it increase your workload.

Allow BIM

If you are unsure and don’t really understand much about BIM this is a valid approach. It provides an opportunity to learn from others.

Encourage BIM

Encouraging BIM is the best approach if the owner does not have a BIM based FM system. It allows the design and construction team to make best use of BIM for their purposes. It also creates a wealth of BIM data. It is not structured for FM use, but can still be mined for useful FM data.

Participate in BIM

A truly BIM project has everyone participating in BIM, including the owner. Owners can participate by having their own properly set up FM system that uses BIM.

Having skin in the game, so to speak, means BIM deliverables can be properly valued as to their worth. And if everyone is a participant BIM planning can be undertaken with confidence, and result in even greater benefits than individual use of BIM brings.

Demand BIM

Not recommended. Unless you are a conglomerate with architects, engineers and contractors all under the same roof you should not be dictating what BIM is done. Even then care must be taken to ensure some participants are not working inefficiently for questionable benefits elsewhere. Copied from blogger.com

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